affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt \
affiliated; affiliating

Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or receive into close connection as a member or branch The medical school is affiliated with a hospital.
b : to associate as a member affiliates herself with the local club
2 : to trace the origin of affiliated Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to earlier plays

intransitive verb

: to connect or associate oneself : combine refused to affiliate with any political party

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ət , -ˌāt\

Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization the network's local affiliates

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Other Words from affiliate

Verb

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən \ noun

Synonyms for affiliate

Synonyms: Noun

branch, cell, chapter, council, local

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Examples of affiliate in a Sentence

Verb

Their group does not affiliate itself with any political party.

Noun

Two of the company's regional affiliates lost money in the past year. our local Humane Society is an affiliate of a national organization
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One affiliated program, D.C.'s Capital Area Food Bank, is particularly in need of assistance, given the number of federal employees furloughed in our country's capital. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Help Federal Workers During the Government Shutdown," 25 Jan. 2019 The data include a small number of locations that aren’t hospital-affiliated or doctors’ offices. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals," 27 Dec. 2018 Enter redandwhite, whose moniker refers to colors long affiliated with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Silk Road’s alleged hitman, “redandwhite,” arrested in Vancouver," 21 Nov. 2018 Their YouTube video on the topic is particularly good: Many universities that are affiliated with cooperative extension offices have excellent information on treating bedbugs. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 In her view, being affiliated with William in a girlfriend capacity would be damaging for her. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Isabella Calthorpe? What You Need to Know About Prince William's Rumored Former Crush," 23 Sep. 2018 The Greater Houston Builders Association and its affiliated local Remodelers Council helps to keep their members informed about new products, construction techniques, business practices and industry issues. Larry Abbott, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA: Here’s how to choose a pro contractor," 1 July 2018 Since its 2014 launch, Diet Prada, which isn’t affiliated with Prada, has amassed more than 960,000 followers. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Fashion Industry Gossip Was Once Whispered. Now It’s on Instagram.," 2 Dec. 2018 Nelson said his church, which is not affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has police officers in their services. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Violence prompts churches to weigh security vs. welcoming," 29 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rash of news coverage was no accident: NTK is an affiliate of Definers, sharing offices and staff with the public relations firm in Arlington, Va. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 Now the area is the center of a yearslong, bloody conflict between the Egyptian military and a local affiliate of the Islamic State group. Brian Rohan, Fox News, "Egypt arming Sinai tribesmen in fight against Islamic State," 27 Sep. 2018 PG Investments, an affiliate of the Plaza Group, has acquired the wood products business of Truth Industries. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Plaza Group acquires line of business from Truth Industries," 12 July 2018 The machine Democrat, 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley, had the endorsement of 24 labor unions (including AFSCME and the New York affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers). Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Dealt a body blow by the Supreme Court, unions ponder: Where do we go from here?," 28 June 2018 And Jean Casanova is enjoying every bit of the journey pitching for the Hickory Crawdads, a Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "Next step: Waukegan’s Jean Casanova moves up a level in Texas Rangers farm system," 18 June 2018 Vox Media uses affiliate links on many of its sites, including Vox.com. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sites like the Strategist, Wirecutter, and BuzzFeed Reviews want to help you find the best of the best.," 11 Dec. 2018 Further complicating the outlook is the presence in eastern Afghanistan of an Islamic State affiliate. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Rise in US deaths in Afghanistan clouds outlook for peace," 28 Nov. 2018 The Afghan forces have struggled to combat both the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate since the U.S. and NATO formally ended their combat mission in 2014. Fox News, "UN envoy: Afghanistan is in best position for peace talks," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of affiliate

Verb

1767, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affiliate

Verb

probably from French affilier "to bring into close connection" (going back to Middle French, "to adopt as a son," borrowed from Medieval Latin affīliāre, from Latin ad- ad- + -fīliāre, verbal derivative of fīlius "son") + -ate entry 4 — more at feminine entry 1

Noun

derivative of affiliate entry 1

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affiliate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to closely connect (something or yourself) with or to something (such as a program or organization) as a member or partner

affiliate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an organization (such as a television station) that is a member of a larger organization (such as a national network)

affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt \
affiliated; affiliating

Kids Definition of affiliate

: to associate as a member or partner The spokesperson has long been affiliated with the charity.

affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt \
affiliated; affiliating

Legal Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring or receive into close association as a member or division
2 : to join or associate as a member or division

intransitive verb

: to connect or associate oneself usually used with with has just affiliated with the huge corporation

Other Words from affiliate

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən \ noun

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ət \

Legal Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization specifically : a business entity effectively controlling or controlled by another or associated with others under common ownership or control — compare parent sense 2, subsidiary

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